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Name of the Game is Death [Paperback]

Dan J. Marlowe
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July 1988
"Two guys with guts and a go-to-hell-with-you-Jack regard for consequences have about three chances in ten of pulling off a big, well-planned smash-and-grab.  If one of them can shoot like me . . . the odds are a damn sight better."

In the course of his line of business, the man who calls himself Roy Martin has robbed a bank in Phoenix, killed three men, and caught a bullet in his arm.  Safety--and one half of $178,000--awaits him on the other side of the country.  All that separates "Martin" from his destination are two thousand treacherous miles and three lethal temptations:  to trust the wrong friend, to love the right woman, and to start believing that a man like himself can ever be safe.

The Name of the Game is Death combines a narrative as taut as a hangman's rope with chillingly authentic insights into the psychology of casual murder.
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"Tensely plotted, forecfully written, and extraordinarily effective." --The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars At The Hard End Of Hard-Boiled Feb. 16 2002
By POP
Format:Paperback
To give credit where credit is due this was another recommendation from Gorman's "The Big Book of Noir" and it was right on point. As Gorman says about Marlowe "his best stuff just explodes every thirty pages or so".
Here's an exciting litle excerpt-the protaginost Drake ("the man with nobody's face")is in a motel room with Lucille who-as it turns out-gets her jollies by seducing men and then watching as her boyfriend barges in on them and beats the ... out of the man that Lucille just seduced. Drake, being a tough and smart guy, figures this out and ends up suckering Lucille's boyfriend into breaking into an empty motel room-he leaves frustrated and now Drake has Lucille all to himself."Now what are you going to do?", Lucille asks Drake.To quote the book:"I'll show you," I said. It was four in the morning before we left there. Fifty percent of us had enjoyed it."
What can I say-great book that they just don't make like this anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Name of the Game is Death Dec 1 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A career bank robber becomes a detective in order to investigate the disappearance of his partner after a job goes awry. This book is dark, gritty and full of suspense. The book is really well written and has a strong plot. There are many twists and exciting characters. Although the book is a little hard to find it's worth the read. It's the first book in a series of 12. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At The Hard End Of Hard-Boiled Feb. 16 2002
By POP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
To give credit where credit is due this was another recommendation from Gorman's "The Big Book of Noir" and it was right on point. As Gorman says about Marlowe "his best stuff just explodes every thirty pages or so".
Here's an exciting litle excerpt-the protaginost Drake ("the man with nobody's face")is in a motel room with Lucille who-as it turns out-gets her jollies by seducing men and then watching as her boyfriend barges in on them and beats the ... out of the man that Lucille just seduced. Drake, being a tough and smart guy, figures this out and ends up suckering Lucille's boyfriend into breaking into an empty motel room-he leaves frustrated and now Drake has Lucille all to himself."Now what are you going to do?", Lucille asks Drake.To quote the book:"I'll show you," I said. It was four in the morning before we left there. Fifty percent of us had enjoyed it."
What can I say-great book that they just don't make like this anymore.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Name of the Game is Death Dec 1 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A career bank robber becomes a detective in order to investigate the disappearance of his partner after a job goes awry. This book is dark, gritty and full of suspense. The book is really well written and has a strong plot. There are many twists and exciting characters. Although the book is a little hard to find it's worth the read. It's the first book in a series of 12. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sock on the jaw, sap to the head Dec 27 2007
By D. Sturm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought I knew from hard-boiled until I ran into this nasty little gem. It's a cliche, but they simply do not write 'em like this anymore. The level of ruthlessness has you almost shaking your head in wonder. Yet our "hero" does have rules and we come to respect them. By the last page my jaw was so clenched my teeth hurt and I wished I could hand the guy a gun and see what happens next.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is MY favorite hard-boiled book June 21 2002
By Dave Zeltserman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What can I say? This is just a terrific book. As explosive and unexptected as they come. Any one who loves hard-boiled books has got to read this one.
-Dave Zeltserman, author of In His Shadow
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardboiled? You came to the right place, bud. April 19 2003
By LGwriter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
OK. You got your Chandler who's in love with his own words. You got your Hammett who started the whole thing off. You got a whole lot of other guys--Woolrich, Goodis, Thompson, the whole crew. And you got Dan Marlowe, who is GREAT.
This baby reads like Dan's middle initials are HB and you know what that stands for. No stinting on sex and the main character is smart and tough, too. Is this pulp? Yeah, you bet--the best pulp around. Written in the 50s, it holds up really well because there's no wasted words; Marlowe doesn't spend time showing off like the almighty Raymond does. He just gets right down to business immediately--the novel starts off with a bank robbery and then keeps its toughness straight through to the end.
When one of your crew gets whacked you check it out. That's what drives the book and it's a great driver, pushing and pulling through the guys and dames who make things sexy, ugly, interesting, or just plain crazy til the very end.
Great book for all hardboiled fans. Check it out, pardner.
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